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Sunday, 18 June, 2000, 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK
Slovenia v Spain clockwatch
Raul's excellent opening goal rocks Slovenia
Slovenia 1-2 Spain
Amsterdam Arena (Att: 43,000)

Spain made four changes for Sunday's crucial Group C game with Slovenia at the Amsterdam Arena.

Goalkeeper Francisco Molina, defender Paco, midfielder Fran and striker Ismael Urzaiz were all dropped, with Santiago Canizares, Abelardo, Gaizka Mendieta and Alfonso replacing them.

Slovenia line up, as expected, with the same side that so excitingly drew 3-3 with Yugoslavia in their first group game.

5 mins: Spain take an early lead with a superb effort from Raul. Salgado's long-range attempt is blocked but the Real Madrid man is first to the loose ball and smashes home an unstoppable left-foot shot.
Slovenia 0-1 Spain

10 mins: Slovenia's Miran Pavlin is the first name in referee Merk's book for a late challenge on Spanish midfielder Mendieta.

Milanovic and Alfonso
Milanovic challenges Spanish forward Alfonso
12 mins: Alfonso takes advantage of some hesitant Slovenian defending but sees his left-foot effort from the edge of the box roll tamely wide.

21 mins: Slovenia finally find some respite from Spain's attacks, mounting a foray of their own, but the move breaks down when Zlatko Zahovic throws himself to the floor in the penalty area - much to the disgust of Spain's support.

23 mins: Slovenia's captain Darko Milanic follows Pavlin into the book, after a reckless challenge on Alfonso. He will miss the final game of the group stage.

30 mins: Slovenia's best move so far - a flowing break down the right - results in the game's first corner when Mladen Rudonja's shot is charged down. Spain clear the corner without incident.

45 mins: Alfonso uses his strength and close control to fashion a shooting opportunity for Raul, but the striker drags his effort wide of the right-hand post.

45 mins: Slovenia's best chance comes deep in added time. Pavlin releases Rudonja but Spain's Canizares charges out of his goal to snuff out the threat. The ball breaks for Rudonja again and Canizares has to get down well to deny his snap shot from the edge of the area.

Raul in raptures
46 mins: Slovenia make one change at half-time, replacing the ineffective Udovic with Milan Osterc.

50 mins: A Raul header flashes just past the post, only a minute after the same player fired narrowly over from the edge of the area.

53 mins: Djoni Novak becomes the third Slovenian to be booked after his dramatic dive fails to convince the referee.

59 mins: Slovenia score a shock equaliser when substitute Osterc, Zahovic and Spanish defender Hierro converge on a low cross from the left to poke the ball past Canizares. Zahovic is credited with the goal.
Slovenia 1-1 Spain

60 mins: Spain hit back immediately when the excellent Mendieta puts Etxeberria in for a smart right-foot finish, although Slovenian goalkeeper Dabanovic will be disappointed that he was beaten on his near post.
Slovenia 1-2 Spain

61 mins: With the game opening up, Marinko Galic plants a free header straight at Canizares after a well-flighted free kick from Amir Karic.

Zahovic: Increasingly involved
62 mins: Agustin Aranzabal becomes the first Spanish player to be booked after a biting challenge from behind on Osterc.

66 mins: Abelardo heads just over from Mendieta's corner.

67 mins: A well-worked corner finds Zahovic in space and his curling left-foot shot is tipped around the post by Canizares.

71 mins: Spanish coach Jose Antonio Camacho replaces the tiring Alfonso with Ismael Urzaiz.

73 mins: As the game gets increasingly tense, Zahovic goes close with a sublime lob from near half-way.

82 mins: One minute after replacing Guardiola, Ivan Helguera is booked for a late tackle.

85 mins: Karic is the game's sixth booking for a cynical challenge on Etxeberria.

90 mins: Spain close out the final minutes without incident to claim a much-needed three points.

Slovenia: Dabanovic, Milinovic, Milanic (Knavs, 67 mins), Galic, Novak, Ceh, Udovic (Osterc, 46 mins), Zahovic, Pavlin, Rudonja, Karic.

Spain: Canizares, Salgado, Aranzabal, Guardiola (Helguera, 81 mins), Abelardo, Hierro, Raul, Alfonso (Urzaiz, 71 mins), Mendieta, Etxeberria, Valeron.

Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

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